Archives for March 2016

Girls Learn About Opportunities in STEM

Arkansas Tech University President Dr. Robin E. Bowen greeted 100 young women at the 2016 STEM Leadership for Girls workshop on Thursday morning and challenged them to be part of the generation that increases the percentage of women working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“There is so much opportunity in STEM fields that we want to help girls and young women tap into,” said Bowen. “Arkansas Tech is investing in this future, and we want young women to embrace the opportunities that STEM provides. That opportunity is now.

“Great leaders live with passion,” continued Bowen. “They follow their passion and they share their passion. I have crossed paths in life with many that have regretted that they did not follow their passions. As future leaders, do not be afraid to be passionate about what you do. Follow your dreams. The STEM fields are not as diverse as they need to be. It often deters students from pursuing their dreams because the doors do not always appear to be open. I encourage you to knock the doors down.”

Thursday’s event was hosted by the Arkansas Tech STEM Institute. Participants learned about a variety of skills and careers in the STEM fields, including 3-D printing, electric circuits, robotics and computer forensics.

Dr. Patricia Buford, associate dean of engineering and professor of electrical engineering at Arkansas Tech, delivered the day’s closing remarks. She shared her background of earning an engineering degree at a time when 96 percent of engineering students were male.

“The interesting part is that you can achieve in the STEM fields just as much as any guy in your schools,” said Buford. “We all come from different backgrounds, but if we are super motivated and work hard we can do it. If I can, you can. You saw today how much you can achieve with these skills. Everyone in this room has the potential to do it. It doesn’t matter if your parents went to college or not. Know that your life is right in front of you. Technology is all around you. You can do it.”

Individuals interested in other educational opportunities provided by the Arkansas Tech STEM Institute may visit

Tech Showcases Campus Talent

Arkansas Tech students showed off their talent on Wednesday as part of the annual Tech’s Got Talent competition.

Hosted by the Student Activities Board, the event featured 12 acts competing to be the 2016 Tech’s Got Talent winner.

Following Wednesday’s competition, six acts will advance to compete in the finals next month. The final competition is slated for Tuesday in the Witherspoon Auditorium.

Be sure to check back for more about Tech’s Got Talent.

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Students Learn Over Lunch

Arkansas Tech University students learned more leadership and the political process during a program on Wednesday.

Arkansas Tech alumnus John Burris spoke to students as part of the Lunch with a Leader series.

During his time in the Arkansas legislature, Burris was the youngest serving member of the Arkansas General Assembly and the youngest minority leader in the history of the state.

While on campus, he discussed his philosophy of service and ways he hopes to help those in the sate.

Currently, he serves as political director for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.

Lunch with a Leader is a program sponsored by the Office of Campus Life.

Join OAIE for Coffee and Cakes Friday

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (OAIE) will continue its Assessment Academy workshop series on Friday, April 1, with a program entitled “Coffee and Cakes.”

The workshop will take place from 9-10 a.m. Friday in Rothwell Hall room 308. Participants are encouraged to bring coffee with them. Cakes will be provided. All faculty and staff are invited.

Topics will include a review of previous assessment workshops and the one-page assessment summaries that departments across campus are developing.

According to information from the OAIE, the Assessment Academy is “designed to assist (faculty and staff) in making sense of this essential task of higher education.”

After Friday’s session, only one workshop in the series will remain. It will cover both analyzing and interpreting data as well as using data. That final workshop will take place on Friday, April 22, from 9-10 a.m. in Baswell Techionery room 202.

For more information about Arkansas Tech Assessment Academy, contact Dr. Christine Austin (, director of the Arkansas Tech Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and associate professor of college student personnel; or Jordan Denton (, assessment specialist in the Arkansas Tech OAIE.

Seating for each session is limited to the first 20 registered participants. Individuals wishing to reserve space should send e-mail to

First Senior Art Show to Open Friday

Thirteen art students will showcase their work during the first of two Arkansas Tech University senior art exhibitions.

The first exhibition begins this weekend and will focus on graphic design pieces. It is entitled “Flight of 13” in a nod to the 13 students participating.

Running from Friday, April 1, through Monday, April 11, the opening reception will take place from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Saturday. During the reception, students will be available to discuss the pieces they have created.

Students participating in the first show include:

  • Regina Beckles
  • Terrionna Brockman
  • Jana Cagle
  • José Cardiel
  • Skylar Cox
  • Josiah Tyler Drain
  • Laura Loyd
  • Nick Oates
  • Sarah Parker
  • Tulsi Patel
  • Sarah Starnes
  • Zoe Stecker
  • Kristen Vick

The second show features fine art pieces, and it will open Saturday, April 16.

Organizers say in addition to creating pieces for the show, the students complete several other tasks including establishing career goals, creating a cover letter and crafting an artist statement.

The Norman Hall Gallery is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit the gallery website.